Scrolling through Arabelle Sicardi’s blog(s) feels like taking a walk through a mad scientist’s desk drawer. The thoughts are scattered, casually phrased, and absolutely brilliant. Arabelle weaves prose, high fashion, and various identities together on her* personal blogs and feature pieces on the many websites she has been featured.

 

Sicardi has written for Rookie, Teen Vogue, Autostraddle, Refinery29, and is an editor and writer for The Style Con. Perhaps most impressively, Sicardi’s career began when she was no older than 15 and audacious enough to send her work to various editors and magazines.

 

Arabelle Sicardi (www.pinterest.com)

Arabelle Sicardi (pinterest.com)

Alright, we’ve established who Sicardi is and where she writes, now let’s discuss what is so great about her work. Sicardi doesn’t just write fluff pieces about who wore what best, or other gossip. Rather, she creates eloquent, interesting pieces that are not afraid to be critical of the high fashion world she lives in. Some of our favorite Sicardi pieces include topics such as slut-shaming, the negative aspects of capitalism, and how both her Asian-American and queer identity have affected her fashion sense. Reading a Sicardi post feels like reading poetry. She doesn’t just give facts about fashion, she weaves lyricism with theory and academia, and she somehow manages to do it in a way that is understood by the reader.

 

Need an example of this brilliance? In a piece for The Hairpin on the unattainability of so-called “feminist apparel” Sicardi quotes Karl Marx to further her point that feminist apparel is “an empty promise” based on “romantic notions of fashion as self-actualization.” Wow. This is not the average piece on fashion. This is an in-depth, well-researched analysis. Plus, it’s fun to read.

 

The average person who is beginning to enter the world of fashion is going to have some difficulty finding anything beyond which patterns go with which. Although we believe it is important to know that paisley is a gift that should not be taken for granted, nor worn with stripes, Sicardi makes it easy for a fashion newcomer to gain more analytical information without having to delve into books as thick and heavy as bricks.

 

*We feel it is important to note that Sicardi has expressed discomfort in the past with being referred to by any pronouns. This has to do with Sicardi’s personal gender identity, which we wish to respect as much as possible. For ease of reading, we have chosen to use she/her/hers pronouns.

 

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